For the purpose of shared resources, education, marketing, and conservation of Fine Appalachian Craft, we host eight special events each year. Engage with the region's top makers, hear their story behind their craft.
Craft Demos at Dickens in the Village
December 6 & 7 | 2:00-4:00p
We love participating in the arts, culture & holiday spirit that will fill the streets of Biltmore Village. On Friday December 6th, while waiting for the tree lighting, stop by our gallery to shop for holiday gifts, enjoy hot cider, cookies, and meet artist Pei Ling Becker as she makes festive origami ornaments. More refreshments and demonstrations on Saturday, December 7th! Bill & Dawn Apelian will be carving Old World Santas dressed in Victorian clothing.
Holiday Makers Sale
December 7 & 14 | 10:00a-4:00p
The Holiday Makers SALE is a chance to shop fine craft at a discounted rate. Over 30 of our makers gather their leftover stock from 2019, and give a peak at their 2020 designs! Choose from a variety of gift items including ceramic tableware, fine jewelry, hand-woven and dyed wearables, bound journals and etched cards, blown vases and ornaments, turned wooden bowls and more. Shop local!
Craft Demos on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Daily 10:00a-4:00p | View Schedule
Inside the Folk Art Center and Moses Cone Manor, members of the guild volunteer their time to demonstrate & educate the public on the processes of their craft. Meet and interact with the region's top makers demonstrating the processes of handmade jewelry, furniture, pottery, decor, fiber arts, and much more!
Glass & Metal Day
These master craftspeople will be blacksmithing, glass blowing, piercing and soldering metals, knife making, bezeling, repoussé, copper etching, assembling stained glass, forging and many other artistic processes.
Clay Day features craft demonstrations and hands-on activities for children and adults. Members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and invited guests will demonstrate wheel-throwing, hand-building, and surface design on clay, among other techniques.
More than two dozen Guild members and friends will be demonstrating a variety of techniques from 10am-4pm. This free event for the community invites visitors to get a close-up look at how fiber products are made and the stories of these makers.
Summer Craft Fair
Exhibiting over 180 artisans in a two-story arena in downtown Asheville, the Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands celebrates 72 years of craft heritage.
Meet the members of our Guild who have mastered the craft of woodworking using traditional and contemporary tools.
Celebrating Appalachian heritage and culture on the lawns of the Folk Art Center. Join us for music, dancing, traditional practices, and fine Appalachian craft.